Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan

It’s a place you would love to go back to. Again and again..

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan

Shantiniketan Express reached Bolpur at 12.30 PM. It was dot on time and I was impressed. Then the escalator and the no effort slope down to the platform number one. Mightily impressed. Railways were progressing fine I thought and being an ex-Railwayman’s son I felt good and proud.

Shantiniketan, India

And then this experience. Toto lagbe Dada? Toto neben Sir? Toto debo? Toto neben to? Amarta boro Toto. Arame jaben. At least twenty of them, if not more (Different versions of ‘Do you require a Toto? Hire my Toto’ etc. Toto is an eco friendly vehicle which runs on battery). I was a little pissed by now and rattled out ‘Aare lagle to bolbo, lagbe na. Lagle bolben kintu’.( I’ll tell you if I do. I don’t need. Please do tell me if you need). What he said made me realize that each one of them were living on hopes. To earn a living. Like you and me. At least they had ventured out. Now I felt for them and felt good again.

Shamu was there and almost next to me when I called him. We smiled at each other. But his smile was special, as if he was seeing a lost friend after years, and it was right from his heart. I knew I was heading towards something special. An experience I had heard of and read about. I was on my way from Bolpur station with the Manager of the resort to Upasana – The Eco Resort πŸ€πŸŒΏ

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

It was a short drive and soon we were there. I had expected it would probably be a huge place spread over a few acres. Surprisingly it was not. It was cute and small. And that I felt was the beauty of the resort. It reminded me of my childhood home. Flowers, plants, trees, green all around and a sweet little home.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

The next few moments truly bowled me over. The staff and Deep, who owns the place, were all there to welcome me with a Uttariya (scarf) around my neck and a cool drink. This a welcome gesture from them for all guests. Then the room with its view & the little thoughts when I looked around made me feel even more special. It was a little out of the ordinary.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India
Upasana Welcomes Subhashish Roy

Freshened up and went down for lunch to Panchforon, the restaurant. Deep was there again supervising everything and then what followed was like complete ‘Jamai Adar’ as we say in Bengali (Very special treatment only reserved for son-in-laws in the Indian state of Bengal). Check it out for yourself.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Rice, Ghee, Posto Bara, Alu Bhaja, Moong Dal, Mixed Veg, Alu Posto, Tangra Macher Jhal, Ilish Mach Begun Kanchkala diye, Aamer Chatni followed by Papad and Rosogolla. Uff ki khelam (O God, how much I ate). Each of the preparations was so tasty. The best part of this resort is that most vegetables are home grown organically in a nearby farm and the best of fish is transported all the way from Calcutta.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

After a little relaxation, it was time to explore the town. Shantiniketan is a small town in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, India, approximately 165 km north of Kolkata. It was established by Maharshi Devendranath Tagore and later expanded by his son Rabindranath Tagore, whose vision became what is now a university town with the creation of the Visva-Bharati University. Come let’s go and see some prominent places.

Shantiniketan, India
Surul Rajbari

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India
The Rajbari Temples

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India
Srijani Shilpagram

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India
Visva Bharati Campus, Kala Bhawan creations

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India
Shantiniketan Griha. Rabindranath Tagore spent some of his early childhood days here. It was later converted into a Guest House.
Shantiniketan, India
Brahma Mandir

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India
Talukbari

Sonajhuri Haat

This is a place visitors flock to for some wonderful local handicrafts. And on Saturdays this place is full of people and sports a very different look and feel. The main characteristic of this Market or Haat is that the local people bring hand made items like dresses, sweets, jewelry and other home made delicacies to sell. Local Baul singers add color and music to the place and visitors even enjoy singing along. Let’s look around.

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India

Shantiniketan, India

And now let’s have a look at the famous Tribal dance of Shantiniketan which was being performed by the Santhali women.

The weather was awful. It was cloudy but very hot and humid. While we were on our way back to the resort, I prayed for some rain. And it did start raining as soon as we were back. What a beautiful evening it turned out to be thereafter. The peace, the darkness, the sound of the raindrops, the sound of insects and the green all around. Life could not be better, I thought. In my home away from home.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

As I sat in the veranda outside my room enjoying the rain over a couple of drinks, the snacks arrived. I had opted for a Mutton Cutlet and chips although the options were many.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

After so much of food in so short a time, I had requested for a simple meal for dinner. The Mutton curry was just awesome.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

You could of course order for anything under the sun. You just have to ask. It could be these or more.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Got up early the next morning to soak in the beauty of the resort and the surroundings. Come let’s enjoy nature together.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India
The Temple

It was now time for breakfast. As I headed towards the restaurant, it had to be my favorite Luchi Tarkari and Omelette followed by a strong Black Coffee without sugar.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India

After a bit of lazing around, it was lunchtime and once again an awesome spread of Rice, Ghee, Buiri Dal Posto Bara, Alu Bhaja, Musur Dal, Mochar Ghanto, Jhinge Alu Posto Chingri Tarkari, Katla Macher Jhol Alu patal diye, Aamer Chatni, Papad, Sandesh.

Does all these look and sound exciting? Then what you waiting for? Come over. Shantiniketan is just two and a half hours from Calcutta. And those of you who stay outside Bengal, Air India has a direct flight from Delhi and now SpiceJet a direct fight from Mumbai to Andal Airport in Durgapur, which is just an hour drive from Upasana.

Deep will work out some great packages for you which includes buffet breakfast and pick up and drop to Bolpur station. And if you wish, there are packages also available which would include your meals and sightseeing. And there are discount packages as well, for large groups and off season bookings.

So get in touch on these numbers and book your Monsoon, Durga Puja or Winter packages now. Call 9433055036 / 9831073626 / 9831276339.

It was now time to move back. I wished I could have stayed for another day. But then I told myself, I’ll be back soon. And before leaving how could I not thank this awesome team for their wonderful hospitality. Great people with big hearts, who make you feel special.

Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan, India
Manager Shamu on the extreme right with and next to him Samrat, Palash & Pallab

Care, love, hospitality and this little piece of paradise created by Deep & his wife Mohua. With focus on the minutest details. That’s Upasana for you and me, the Eco resort πŸŒΏπŸ€

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38 Comments Add yours

  1. foruwoman says:

    Awesome … can motivate anyone to travel to these lovely locations ❀

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you so much for your appreciation 😊

  2. GAUTAM CHATTERJEE says:

    Superbly described the whole trip by Subhashis.
    It is mouth watering journey not to miss for every Bengali in this Earth.
    Full of peace and tranquility as I could observe following this blog.

    Great job πŸ‘

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Gautam 😊

  3. Bill Sweeney says:

    A brilliantly written post! I felt like I was accompanying you on your trip! The descriptions from the very beginning…I felt like I too had just come off the train and stepped into this part of the world, which sounds so friendly and beautiful!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Bill. Happy that you too enjoyed the journey 😊

  4. ND says:

    Omg, what a beatiful place to see. Adding to my bucket list for sure !

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Come to India .You will love it 😊

  5. This is such a beautiful blog post! Love it!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Summer. So happy you loved it 😊

  6. Stacie says:

    This looks like an awesome way to spend the day. Sometimes, you need that time to recharge and reenergize.

  7. Emman Damian says:

    Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan looks like a very nice place to do a staycation. I love the ambiance and also the colors of the resort. Hope I can visit soon!

  8. Kristine Nicole Alessandra says:

    That is a beautiful resort! Surrounded by nature’s beauty! I love the flowers and the fresh produce. The food looks amazing too!

  9. What amazing pics- and experience! Thanks for sharing

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thanks Angelica 😊

  10. Nnniiiccceeeeee….the whole place looks like great history was made here tens of years ago and now! I love it.

  11. Quite an experience – on many levels. Glad to see the sun finally came out for you, but also that you made the most of the rain. We all need time to get back to something deeper within ourselves. Sounds like you had the opportunity to do that, here.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Exactly Amy. Great trip for mind and soul.

  12. Kalyan Panja says:

    Shantiniketan is always a charming place to be at. The photos and the description of your food are giving me real travel goals to plan a trip soon and enjoy a weekend in this resort.

  13. sjd68 says:

    What a fantastic hidden gem of a resort Upasana Resort, Shantiniketan seems to be. Beautiful views, friendly people and food that looks amazing! I love the photos as well. They looks like something from a flower show . I wish Deep continued success!

  14. Tiffany La Forge-Grau says:

    I’m in love with everything about this place. The food looks amazing and those gorgeous flowers are calling my name.

  15. Despite Pain says:

    This looks like another fantastic resort. The hotel and food look perfect, but the surrounding area also looks great. That market looks amazing. I think I would spend the day there. Also love all those flowers. They’re beautiful.

  16. That looks like a pretty resort to stay in. I love how open the room is.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      This room was just awesome with it’s view of the village road and green all around.

  17. Trish says:

    I like the look of Shantiniketan – gorgeous buildings a nd environment. Thank you for taking us to the market with you – I love browsing round markets!

  18. Mommy Ruby says:

    I love how detailed this post is. The place sounds wonderful and it looks like you had a great time during your stay there.

  19. tcleland88 says:

    The flowers and gardens at the resort are just gorgeous. I’d love to visit the market–I can imagine that the atmosphere appeals to all of your senses!

  20. Snehal says:

    The room is so clean! (I am crazy about cleanliness!) Those sculptures also look so very interesting, beautiful! And the food looks so yum, there is so many variety and its well balanced!

  21. The The Rajbari Temples look fascinating! I’m also hungry now that I’ve read your post and looked at all the delicious food pictures. Might be time to go make dinner. Lol. This resort sounds perfect because of the attention to details. That is something that is becoming a lost art these days. I wish more people/businesses really paid attention to those things, because that is what makes them so special and people want to return to. Thank you for taking me on another great journey through your descriptions, photos, and details of your travels.

  22. dipudatta says:

    This one is within our reach, I will try. You got us hungry man!

    1. travelwisesr says:

      You’ll love it 😊

  23. Sounds like a great resort. I love that they grow their own veggies and treated you like royalty with a nice meal and a courteous welcome. I’d love to see all the natural beauty

  24. Lyosha Varezhkina says:

    the place dreamy, ideal to spend a day or two exploring. I can also mention this place screams India for, that is exactly how I picture it

  25. clydequin93 says:

    That is such a cool nice place. The foods look so yummy and the place looks so calm and inviting, a perfect getaway place for everyone.

  26. Heather says:

    This seems like a really great place. Love seeing all the pics that you take and show. Really brings it to life.

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Heather 😊

  27. NILANJAN BASU says:

    Amar sonar bangla,tomae bhalobashi..loved your choice of words,pics,video…..speechless

    1. travelwisesr says:

      Thank you Nilanjan 😊

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